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West Virginia 2012 Senate Race

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Anyone want to help with this race?

Hypothetical Race: Robert Byrd retires after 59 years in Congress. Who will win his seat? Can the Democrats hold West Virginia, or will it's conservative leanings turn it red?



Gov. Joe Manchin

Rep. Nick Rahall

Rep. Alan Mollohan


Rep. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV)

Mountain Party:

Jesse Johnson

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-Secretary of State Natalie Tennant

-Attorney General Darrell McGraw

-Treasurer John Perdue

-Auditor Glen B. Gainer III

-Agricultural Commissioner Gus R. Douglass

-Governor Joe Manchin

-Rep. Alan Mollohan

-Rep. Nick Joe Rahall II

-Speaker Ron M. Thompson

-Delegate Linda Goode Phillips


-Rep. Shelley Moore Capito

-Secretary of State Betty Ireland

-Delegate Patti Eagloski Schoen

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You might include race as I'm sure anyone who runs against him will bring up the fact that he was in the KKK and vetoed the civil rights act.

I would just make a blanket issue, "Civil Rights".

Byrd's racist past doesn't seem to have bothered West Virginia voters much, as he wins re-election by overwhelming margins. His closest Senate election was his first one in 1958 - he won by a 59%-40% margin, defeating an incumbent who was very pro-civil rights.

I wouldn't make it a high-profile issue.

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With the recent mine collapse, I think that an elevate issue should be Miner's Rights. I come from near the WV border on the Virginia side, and I know this is a major issue in Southeast of that side and the Southwest of mine.

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